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lout

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noun
  1. an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
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Origin of lout

1
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps special use of lout2

lout

2
[lout]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
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Origin of lout

2
1250–1300; Middle English louten, Old English lūtan; cognate with Old Norse lūta; akin to little
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Related Words for louted

jeer, ridicule, insult, torment, deride, offend, mock, disdain, taunt, scoff, scorn, disparage, scout, revile, affront, tantalize, lout, bother, dig, sneer

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Historical Examples of louted

  • And as he spake the smiles were all over his face, and he louted low again.

    The Sundering Flood

    William Morris

  • But Stephen had turned away and louted low before the clerk.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • He louted low, and she bade him bring a stool and sit beside her.

  • He strode into her little parlour, and louted low before her.

    Star of Mercia

    Blanche Devereux

  • So saying he got him down from the ass and, for all his corpulence, louted full low.


British Dictionary definitions for louted

lout

1
noun
  1. a crude or oafish person; boor
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Word Origin for lout

C16: perhaps from lout ²

lout

2
verb
  1. (intr) archaic to bow or stoop
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Word Origin for lout

Old English lūtan; related to Old Norse lūta
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Word Origin and History for louted

lout

n.

1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) "bow down" (c.1300), from Old English lutan "bow low," from Proto-Germanic *lut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cf. Old Norse lutr "stooping," which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cf. Gothic luton "to deceive," Old English lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti "to mourn;" Old Church Slavonic luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.

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